Egypt forces on alert as Mohammed Morsi arrives at Cairo court

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Morsi-mohhamadEgyptian forces were put on high alert as ousted President Mohammed Morsi arrived at a court in Cairo to stand trial for inciting the killings of protesters in December 2012.

The hearing is to take place at National Police Academy complex in Cairo.

Morsi and his 14 Muslim Brotherhood members are charged with inciting the killing of the people who were protesting against Morsi’s referendum on a new Constitution outside the presidential palace. 10 of the protesters were killed when the Muslim Brotherhood attacked a sit-in staged by them.

Earlier Morsi had stood trial for the same on Nov 4, when he had appeared in public for the first time since his ouster in July, but the trial was adjourned for today, i.e., Jan 8 after interruption and chaos.

If convicted, Morsi and the other defendants could face the death penalty.

Also, Morsi and 130 others are due to stand trial on January 28 over a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.

Morsi,Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was ousted in July in what many Muslim Brotherhood calls a military coup.

Since Morsi’s coup, military-led government has been launching frequent crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood group, arresting many on violence charges.

The government also designated Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation in December last year after an attack at Cairo’s police HQ killed 15.

The Brotherhood had denied any role in the attack.